, Note, [, Hancock Co., IL], to [JS and , ], 3 Jan. 1840, in Nathan K. Knight, Affidavit, Hancock Co., IL, 1 Jan. 1840; handwriting of ; one page; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, Record Group 233, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC. Transcription from a digital color image obtained in 2015.
In March 1840, collected all of the papers submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of the church’s memorial to Congress and returned them to , Illinois. This note was presumably still with that collection of documents when subsequent church delegations resubmitted the documents with additional petitions to the federal government. Congress apparently stored this note with other documents it received in the 1840s relative to the church’s ongoing petitioning efforts. Those records were transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration sometime after its creation in 1934. Since then, the National Archives and Records Administration has had continuous custody of the document.
On 3 January 1840, wrote at the bottom of an affidavit a note relating to his support of the delegation in . The affidavit was sworn by Nathan Knight in the presence of Justice of the Peace in , Illinois, on 1 January and was mailed to in Washington to be included with hundreds of other legal documents demonstrating to Congress the extent of property losses church members sustained in . Partridge wrote the note the same day he composed a letter to JS and Higbee in which he listed his land holdings in , Missouri. Although Partridge did not address the note to a specific individual, the contents of the note and its presence on the affidavit indicate it was meant for JS and Higbee, who had requested that Partridge and other church leaders send to them as much documentation as possible of the church’s losses in Missouri. In addition to providing an update on these efforts, the note expressed a degree of uncertainty as to what type of documents would be the most useful to JS and Higbee.
mailed the affidavit on which his note was inscribed from , Illinois, on 7 January along with other materials he sent to JS and . The affidavit probably arrived in by the end of the month. It was likely among the documents supporting the church’s memorial that Senator of submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on 17 February.
Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, Being the First Session of the Twenty-Sixth Congress, Begun and Held at the City of Washington, December 2, 1839, and in the Sixty-Fourth Year of the Independence of the Said United States. Washington DC: Blair and Rives, 1839.
We will procure the proper certificate to show that is a Justice and forward it on soon Be patient brn. [brethren] will do as fast as we can appt
We may send you something which you do not want and omit some things which you do want but we will do the best we can
Later in the month, Partridge apparently acquired and sent the promised certificate. A 22 January 1840 certificate signed by the clerk of the Commissioners’ Court of Hancock County certified Wells, Andrew Monroe, and Thomas Crawford to be “duly elected, commissioned and sworn” justices of the peace in that county. They had certified dozens of the affidavits that were submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. (Samuel Marshall, Certificate for Andrew Monroe, Thomas Crawford, and Daniel H. Wells, 22 Jan. 1840, Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives, Washington DC; see also the affidavits signed by Wells, Monroe, and Crawford also housed in this record group.)
Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives / Petitions and Memorials, Resolutions of State Legislatures, and Related Documents Which Were Referred to the Committee on Judiciary during the 27th Congress. Committee on the Judiciary, Petitions and Memorials, 1813–1968. Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789–2015. National Archives, Washington DC. The LDS records cited herein are housed in National Archives boxes 40 and 41 of Library of Congress boxes 139–144 in HR27A-G10.1.